Ambassador Žbogar expresses concern at the deteriorating situation in the Red Sea and warns of a regional spillover

Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Samuel Žbogar, attended the UN Security Council’s first open meeting on the continuing attacks by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea.

In his statement, he expressed concern at the deteriorating situation in the Red Sea and condemned Houthi interference with navigational rights and freedoms. “The deteriorating situation in the Red Sea is deeply concerning, and the escalation witnessed in recent days is particularly worrying,” he said.

“The Houthis’ interference with navigational rights and freedoms over the past weeks is simply unacceptable, and poses a serious threat to international maritime security. It also poses a significant threat to the movement of food, fuel and critical humanitarian assistance intended to reach populations across the world,” Ambassador Žbogar stressed while calling for the release of the Galaxy Leader crew and ship, seized in November.

Addressing the turbulent and traumatic period in the Middle East, the Ambassador emphasized: “The need to avoid regional spillover and escalation from the current devastation in Gaza, Israel and the broader region is paramount.”

Full statement: Statement on the continuing attacks by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea

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